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Aug 31, 2011 5:30pm PDT
. >> ifill: a recent string of arrests in michigan, ohio, utah and illinois captured many californians, all caught with large hauls of marijuana. >> brown: ten years later, how safe is the u.s. from terror attacks? members of one of the key investigating groups weigh in. three years after the terror attacks on new york and washington. the 9/11 commission issued a report that looked back with a dramatic recounting of events leading up to that tragic day and projected forward with recommendations to prevent future attacks. >> every expert with whom we spoke told us an attack of even greater magnitude is now possible, and even probable. we do not have the luxury of time. we must prepare and we must act. >> brown: the 500 page report instantly became a best seller. it included 41 recommendations for federal, state and local governments and agencies. among them: the creation of a director of national intelligence to coordinate intelligence gathering as well as foreign and domestic operations; consolidated congressional oversight of homeland security and intelligence and streamlined communication
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Sep 16, 2011 4:30pm PDT
. he joins us from troy, michigan. nice to see you. back back to the program. >> thank you, tom, great to see you. >> tom: why so bearish? you describe yourself as extremely bearish? why? >> well, i'm looking at, say, the next three or four years. i think, first of all, where we are now, the combination of economic stagnation and government austerity is not really a pill for a better economy. we have shifting demographics with people-- baby boomers are getting older. housing to me doesn't look like it's fixed yet. the employment levels look like they're going to get worse, unemployment levels and we see what the fed is doing. they basically told us we're giving you a free pass on interest rates the next couple of years, that combined with what's going on in europe the last couple of days i think is a real testimony to the issues and problems going on, in a global economy. these are not things that happen when the economy is doing well. these are things that-- this continued facilitation of money and money being thrown at everything it try to fix it. i don't think it's really goi
PBS
Sep 11, 2011 9:00am PDT
. where did you go to college? >> i went to michigan state university for journalism. georgetown university for theological studies. >> did you get a degree from georgetown. >> master's degree in liberal studies. >> in liberal studies. that includes, what, theology? >> theology, philosophy, yeah. >> do they teach you shakespeare? >> i managed to stay away from shakespeare at the master's level. >> you'd be comfortable there now because i understand even for literature majors shakespeare is not a mandatory subject, do you believe that? what has happened to these? >> reporter, covered politics, weekly pbs series john ander nathalie. "u.s. news and world report," religion editor. your book to your credit. >> my first book. >> and still working at "u.s. news & world report." >> i still am. >> if i mention the name funk to you, who is he, robert funk? >> he's a bible scholar, new testament scholar who is founder and leader of a group called jesus seminar. a group of scholars for the last 15 years have been exploring the historical jesus. >> yeah, does he have very much standing in the
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Sep 14, 2011 5:30pm PDT
. republican fred upton of michigan chairs the full committee. >> in this time of record debt, i question whether the government is qualified to act as a venture capitalist, picking winners and losers in speculative ventures and shelling out billions of taxpayer dollars to keep them afloat. >> suarez: a top official at the energy department jonathan silver said the green tech loan program is about more than just solyndra. >> this isn't picking winners and losers; it's helping ensure that we have winners here at all. we invented this technology and we should produce it here. the question is whether we are willing to take on this challenge or whether we will simply cede leadership in this vital sector to other nations and watch as tens of thousands of jobs are created overseas. >> suarez: but a report in today's "washington post" added fuel to the fire. it said internal e-mails from the office and management and budget showed concerns that the loans were granted t quickly. in one, an unidentified aide wrote: republican steve scalise of louisiana said the letter highlighted a history of trou
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